|Born||Angela MacDonald Janes
26 July 1952
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
|Other names||Angie Best|
|Occupation||Model, former Playboy Bunny|
|Spouse(s)||George Best (m. 1978; div. 1986)|
|Relatives||Samantha Womack (niece)
Lily Rose Womack (great-niece)
Benjamin Thomas Womack (great-nephew)
Born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, Angela MacDonald Janes was the elder daughter of Marion (née MacDonald) and Robert William Brough Janes. She has a younger sister, Lynne, and two half-brothers, Michael, from her father's first marriage, and Noel Robert Janus (born Janes) (1949–2009), from a previous relationship of her father. Noel's daughter is actress Samantha Womack. She became a model, and then a "Bunnygirl" at the Playboy Club in London. She was then invited to New York City to model, before traveling to Los Angeles, California as a model and physical fitness trainer.
She met George Best at a dinner party in Los Angeles in 1975 when he was signing to play for the Los Angeles Aztecs, and it was "love at first sight". They moved to London in 1976. When she returned to Los Angeles, George followed and persuaded her to marry him; she did on 24 January 1978. The marriage produced son Calum in 1981, but they separated the following year and divorced in 1986, due to Best's continual problems of alcohol abuse and domestic violence.
After relocating to Los Angeles, Best went back full-time to her fitness career, producing and starring in her own workout videos, and starring on television in shows and series for Sky TV and others. She fitness coached and trained celebrity clients, including pop star Cher and actresses Sharon Stone and Daryl Hannah. She has written a series of books for over 40s women, including one regarding menopause called A Change For the Best.
In 2000, the poorly reviewed George Best biopic, Best, had Patsy Kensit portray Angie Best. Angie Best said of the film: "I haven't been consulted at all, even though it shows my life." In response, in 2002, Best wrote her autobiography George and Me: My Autobiography, the hook line for which was: "I didn't realise that six years of marriage would last a lifetime." She not only detailed the marriage, but life afterwards where she claimed to have tried to remain in contact with George, offering support and advice to help him conquer his alcohol addiction. Despite everything George put her through, Angie still claimed in the book: "I remain good friends with George. He is the only man I ever loved."
On 3 January 2017, Angie joined her son Calum Best on the nineteenth series of Celebrity Big Brother, where she entered as a new contestant. She was first to be evicted on Day 11, after receiving two nominations. One from Coleen Nolan and the other, Nicola McLean.
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- "George and Me: My Autobiography: Books: Angie Best,Nicola Pittam". Amazon.co.uk.